Antoine de Saint Exupery, in his famous children’s book The Little Prince, tells of the Little Prince who comes from another planet to visit the earth. On his previous planet, there was only one rose bush, which led the prince to adore his rose. He anguished when he came to earth and found a garden with hundreds of roses just like his own. While walking through the rose garden the little prince talks to the roses saying:
“You are beautiful, but you are empty . . . One could not die for you. … To be sure, an ordinary passerby would think that my rose looked just like you—the rose that belongs to me. But in herself alone she is more important than all the hundreds of you other roses: because it is she that I have watered; because it is she that I have put under the glass globe; because it is she that I have sheltered behind the screen; because it is for her that I have killed the caterpillars (except the two or three that we saved to become butterflies); because it is she that I have listened to, when she grumbled, or boasted, or even sometimes when she said nothing. Because she is my rose.” Antoine de Satin-Exupery, The Little Prince, p. 87
What made his rose special? It was his rose. What made him love the rose? The service he gave to the rose. He thought the rose from his planet was more unique—more special—but really what made it so unique and special was that fact that it was his.
Our world is filled with needs. Like each rose, each need is special. We have been blessed with a most incredible “rose” that we listen to when she grumbles . . . or “even . . . when she said nothing.” What makes my rose—my Elise—so special? She is mine.
Another favorite quote which describes the prince and probably describes Lindsey more than me: “What moves me so deeply, about this little prince who is sleeping here, is his loyalty to a flower—the image of a rose that shines through his whole being like the flame of a lamp, even when he is asleep. . .’” Antoine de Satin-Exupery, The Little Prince, p. 94
Not every dad gets a flower on valentine's day! I am sure thankful for my unique, special, perfect, rose.